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January 22, 2012 4:49 PM   Subscribe

Diary of an Author: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
posted by fings (28 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I can't imagine intentionally setting out to create a blog that intentionally makes the people you want to sell things not like you...but MelJean seems to have accomplished just that...
posted by HuronBob at 4:58 PM on January 22, 2012


That's not an author, that's a typist. Like a temp, from the pool. With a bad attitude.
posted by timsteil at 5:03 PM on January 22, 2012


That's why some people write fiction. Because their real life is utterly boring.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:06 PM on January 22, 2012


Read on. It's clearly satire. Perhaps in response to this?
posted by lovecrafty at 5:07 PM on January 22, 2012


It's satire, gang. If it wasn't obvious from the first entry, check out Day 5.
posted by zanni at 5:07 PM on January 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I knew it was satire, really, I did.
posted by HuronBob at 5:11 PM on January 22, 2012


Yeah, I saw the strategic use of capital letters, Huronbob. Maybe too subtle?
posted by maudlin at 5:12 PM on January 22, 2012


I'm such an asshole for using self-deprecation.
posted by howfar at 5:12 PM on January 22, 2012


bingo, maudlin.... nice catch...
posted by HuronBob at 5:13 PM on January 22, 2012


It's satire. In response to a whole bunch of internet drama that's been bubbling since the beginning of the year and which I'm horrifically tired of.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 5:13 PM on January 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


I thought that was freakin hilarious. Now I realize it was a "Did you RTFA" test. Close one, I fail those sometimes.
I’ve occasionally wondered whether my Goodreads review would be read by the author, but more often I’ve thought that many people write them that way, as if they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
posted by bongo_x at 5:18 PM on January 22, 2012


Metafilter: Members throb again.
posted by fatbird at 5:43 PM on January 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Despite all the author's protestations that her books are not at all like that piece, I thought it was effective in getting new readers (like me) interested in her writing. Also, I sort of want to read a book starring Lord Cockmonster. Mostly I don't, but a small part of me does.
posted by jeather at 5:52 PM on January 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


A very small part of me doesn't...
posted by howfar at 5:55 PM on January 22, 2012


I read these as Meljean posted them and thought they were hysterical, even though I've been ignoring the review drama stuff. I love her Iron Duke series -- there aren't many books set in steampunk Victorian England with Asian heroines. They aren't funny like the postings but well-written and different.
posted by bluesapphires at 5:57 PM on January 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


If anyone could link to the "review drama" stuff, that would be awesome, as I have no idea what this is about...
posted by smoke at 6:20 PM on January 22, 2012


This reminds me of when Anne Rice got an Amazon account and started answering reviews. Good times.
posted by fshgrl at 6:32 PM on January 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


smoke, there is a blow-by-blow account here:The First Five Days on Goodreads. Day 3 --wow, just wow.
posted by Revie1 at 6:41 PM on January 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


not gonna link the drama (which involved several incidents coincidentally clustered together, mostly involving Goodreads reviewers & YA authors), but I love this response to it by Veronica Roth, a 23-year-old bestselling author. (disclosure: I'm part of that site & I'm friends with Veronica.)
posted by changeling at 6:41 PM on January 22, 2012


Mostly I don't, but a small part of me does.

There is absolutely no part of me that doesn't want to read a book about Lord Cockmonster.
posted by tumid dahlia at 6:54 PM on January 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thanks all. That's a good, measured piece by Roth. What a swirling pit of effluent all that context is, though. All I can say is that shit doesn't go down like that on LibraryThing!
posted by smoke at 7:15 PM on January 22, 2012


. . . I have seriously considered jumping ship to LT. Only thing is I hate their interface.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:17 PM on January 22, 2012


Lord Cockmonster strode lustily into the palace ladies' changing rooms.

"Ho ho!" he bellowed, planting his fists on his thrusting hips and blinking away the clear, viscous fluid that trickled constantly from the hole atop his head whenever he was aroused. "I see yon womenfolk engaged in various stages of undress, and it pleases me mightily!"

The womenfolk cessated their ablutions, their feminine senses
en pointe in preparation for their Lord's whimsy. One could never predict his moods and one did well to anticipate them all. Thus the women both blubbered and smiled.

"You there!" Cockmonster gestured at the nearest of the women, a young ewer who slept on a couch in a shed. "Despite your youthness, I see that your spine is out of alignment, and it causes your chestfuit to dangle pendulously like terrible spider-hives. I'm surprised you haven't executed yourself to save me the trouble. Begone from the sight of my eyes!"

The poor girl scurried away, her future not much worth further contemplation.

"Now you!" boomed the lord towidst a tired old naperer in her twenty-sixth year. "Bend forward facing away from me, that I might get a better look at you. Ah ha! Bombed in the war, was it? Go get that tightened by the court magician and meet me on the balustrades at dusk! My god, I feel my feet swelling even now at the merest thought of it! Fetch me my latex chair!"

posted by tumid dahlia at 7:30 PM on January 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


I blame Bezos. I see Amazon reinstalled their new web design they had to abort a couple months ago. I like that they have all that stuff in stock and it's cheap and it's delivered fast to my door, but man is that website an overdose of clutter suck.
posted by bukvich at 7:57 PM on January 22, 2012


Anyone who’s used both, what’s the difference between LibraryThing and Goodreads? I hadn’t heard of LibraryThing until long after I joined Goodreads, but I don’t really have any problem with it either. I’m pretty good at avoiding drama, and I don’t use the forums.
posted by bongo_x at 10:10 PM on January 22, 2012


I do remember reading an article about some author freaking out on fans somewhere, and I assumed this was somewhat of a play on that.
posted by bongo_x at 10:11 PM on January 22, 2012


Despite your youthness, I see that your spine is out of alignment, and it causes your chestfuit to dangle pendulously like terrible spider-hives!

Previous winner of Internet pls to return to podium, yr time is up
posted by Sebmojo at 10:12 PM on January 22, 2012


Anyone who’s used both, what’s the difference between LibraryThing and Goodreads?

From my perspective, Librarything's primary focus is cataloging and personal library management, if you know what I mean, more database stuff. They have thriving forums indeed, but they are not integrated with reviews both logistically and conceptually. Reviews are more scarce, though in my opinion they tend to be better quality.

In summary: the site is most definitely not built around reviews and sharing/rating of reading/libraries etc in the way that Goodreads is, though it has much of that functionality it's not the focus.

I like librarything, and have reviewed a lot of books on it satisfyingly.
posted by smoke at 10:38 PM on January 22, 2012


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